The New Zealand Hospital Pharmacy Association, Te Kāhui Whakarite Rongoā Hōhipera o Aotearoa (NZHPA) is a not for profit voluntary member organisation which represents the views of and advocates for hospital pharmacy staff. NZHPA provides a voice for members on national pharmacy related issues, and enables hospital pharmacy representation on national pharmacy bodies.
The Association’s vision statement is ‘Supporting excellence in the practice of hospital and clinical pharmacy, promoting effective medicines management for everyone in New Zealand’.
Membership is open to pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns, pharmacy undergraduate students, pharmacy technician students as well as others who espouse the objectives of the association. Members are drawn from such areas as hospital (public and private), defence forces, primary care, academia, community pharmacy, research and industry.
NZHPA has several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Special Interest Networks (SINs) demonstrating the many facets of specialist practice within hospital pharmacy. Our SIGs, include Medicines Information & Clinical Pharmacy (MICP), Compounding Nutrition & Oncology (CNO), Mental Health, Technicians, and a Managers’ Forum for hospital pharmacy managers. Our SINs (less formal email networks) include Cardiology, Education and Training, Research, Medication Safety, Informatics, Antimicrobial Stewardship.
The NZHPA has over 450 members and relies on the enthusiasm and passion of its members to ensure the ongoing success of the association. Volunteer members assist or are involved in the SIGs and SINs as convenors, co-ordinators or committee members, or sit on the national executive board.
Our emphasis on connecting with others, and the sharing of knowledge and expertise contributes significantly to the strength of the pharmacy workforce, and we are recognised nationally as a key professional organisation. Members benefit from access to a portfolio of awards to support their education, training and learning.